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The Jack Miller-Ebrahimi Program Visiting DC!

Jack-EbrahimiOne of our favorite programs that we support is coming to Washington, DC: The Jack Ebrahimi-Miller Program for Interventional Radiology. The program was founded and is supported by Mina Ebrahimi’s generous donations. While interventional radiology is an established tool in human medicine in order to perform minimally invasive medical and surgical procedures, only a few veterinary programs offer it throughout the country, though it is quickly catching on as its benefits are being discovered and demonstrated. Since 2006, we have been providing a portion of our profits to support the program, and have never failed in our support to this day.

The event will be held on May 30 in the DC area by the University of Pennsylvania for the Jack Miller-Ebrahimi Program for Interventional Radiology. The goal of this event is to show research findings which demonstrate the successful use of interventional radiology in animals, particularly small pets such as dogs and cats. Interventional radiology has been successfully used in various applications, and we know of one very successful treatment and very happy patient: Jack Ebrahimi-Miller himself.

Jack was born with a liver shunt, which deprives the liver of blood supply and prevents it from developing properly. Without correcting such a problem, a puppy will usually die within the first year of life. It is possible to correct liver shunts by surgically closing them, but an interventional radiology technique often used on humans involves promoting coagulation using metal coils inserted into the shunt. This is what the team at the University of Penn attempted to use to heal Jack, and the operation was a success. However, following the treatment, Jack developed ulcers, prompting the team to again treat Jack. Two occurrences of the ulcers and a perforated and septic intestine occurred within the course of one year, and over the course of the next year he was weaned off all of his medicines.

Today, you would never even know that Jack was born a runt. He’s a 92-pound chocolate Labrador, and has been the source of great joy for all of us at Saint Germain Catering. It may only be an anecdote to the scientific community, but we know for a fact that there is much to be said for interventional radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. It’s why we continue to support the program there, and will continue to support them for years to come.

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